We are pleased to announce that the University has appointed Ronald Zernicke, effective January 1, 2010.
Since 2007, Dr. Zernicke has been a faculty member at the University of Michigan affiliated with three departments: biomedical engineering, orthopaedic surgery and kinesiology. Concurrently, he has served as the university’s Director of the Bone and Joint Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation Center. Prior to coming to Michigan, Dr. Zernicke served on the faculty and as chair of the Department of Kinesiology at UCLA, and as a faculty member and Dean of the Faculty of kinesiology at the University of Calgary, as well as in several other administrative and leadership roles on each campus.
Dr. Zernicke earned his BA degree in Liberal Arts from Concordia University Chicago in 1970, and MS in Biomechanics and PhD in Biomechanics and Anatomy from the University of Wisconsin in 1972 and 1974, respectively. His research focuses on the adaptation of bone to exercise, disuse, diet, and disease, as well as on joint injury and osteoarthritis. He is the author of more than 570 research publications and three books and has been supported by numerous esteemed organizations including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, and National Institutes of Health.